Last seen in Cardiff in 2006, New York’s all-male, professional comedy ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, return to Wales Millennium Centre (October 16-17) as part of a Dance Consortium UK tour.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, or ‘The Trocks’, as they are affectionately known, present an inspired blend of their loving knowledge of dance, their brilliant comedic approach, and the astonishing fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces.
Dancers including Ida Nevasayneva, Olga Supphozova, Lariska Dumbchenko and fellow hairy-chested ballerinas grace the stage in up to size 12 pointe shoes, effortlessly displaying their startling technical prowess and no-less extraordinary make-up skills while hurtling through classical ballet repertoire.
Enjoy show-stopping Swan Lake (Act II), Merce Cunningham-inspired Patterns in Space, Balanchine satire Go For Barocco and the delightfulDon Quixote, performed with The Trocks’ inimitable blend of skill, grace and wit that will delight both the initiated and ballet novices alike.
“We may have come to laugh but we stayed to worship” Sunday Telegraph, London
“One of the funniest evenings you’ll ever spend in the theatre” Time Out
“This is the funniest night you will ever have at the ballet” Sunday Times
Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts, The Trocks first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts and are now treasured all around the world by audiences and critics alike. In 41 dynamic and non-stop years the award-winning company has clocked up hundreds of thousands of touring miles to over 610 cities in 40 countries.
During the company’s visit to Cardiff, there will be an opportunity for ticket holders to attend an Open Rehearsal in the Donald Gordon Theatre ahead of the performance on 16 October (4.20pm – 6.20pm) and after the show there will be a Q&A with members of the company to find out what life is like as a Trock.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo perform at Wales Millennium Centre on 16 and 17 October 2015. Tickets range from £14.50 – £37.50. Age guidance 8+. For more information visit www.wmc.org.uk or call 029 2063 6464.